I’ve been a registered general nurse for 17 years, and have spent the last ten of those years specialising in cosmetic surgery. From breast augmentation to rhinoplasty, abdominoplasty, facelifts, liposuction and labia reduction – I have supported hundreds of patients through their cosmetic surgery journey over the years.
The main focus of my role at Spire The Glen Hospital Bristol is to support and care for our cosmetic surgery patients throughout their journey. In my role this means I will talk to everyone who calls about cosmetic surgery when they first contact the hospital. This means each person has an opportunity to speak to a specialist whilst making their enquiries and get a feel for the nurse and hospital.
I will then meet with each person for a consultation to discuss the procedure they’re thinking about, what they can expect from the procedure and the hospital, answer any questions they may have, talk to them about the consultants we have at the hospital, costs and finance options.
I am often the first person a potential patient has ever spoken to about the procedure they are considering so I understand that surgery is not a decision that can be rushed or pushed. It’s important each patient makes the right decision for themselves.
When someone decides to proceed with surgery I’ll see them when they come to the hospital for their operation and will work with the consultant to care for the patient after the operation. I continue to support patients after they’ve gone home. Aftercare is a crucial part of the cosmetic surgery process and I always offer my patients ongoing support and health advice.
An essential part of the role of a cosmetic nurse is to help patients feel supported, safe and comfortable from the moment they come in for their consultation, to the moment they walk out of the hospital after their procedure.
So if you’re considering surgery, ask your provider what you can expect from their nurses.
Sarah Powell, specialist cosmetic nurse at Spire The Glen Hospital Bristol
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